Alyogyne_hakeifolia.JPG (31879 bytes)Alyogyne hakeifolia: is a member of the Malvaceae family in company with the well-known Hibiscus. The four endemic Alyogyne species used to be included in the Hibiscus genus. The Alyogynes differ from the Hibiscus in having individual styles.
Alyogyne hakeifolia is a small to medium shrub with narrow, divided leaves. The tubular flowers are five to six centimetres long and usually mauve with a dark red central spot. The specimen illustrated has large, pink tulip-shaped flowers and is a cultivar known as “Melissa Anne”. Flowering occurs in the warmer months, for the species and cultivar, and well-grown plants will carry a profusion of blooms. There is also a yellow-flowered form.
Pruning after flowering is appreciated.
The specimen illustrated is growing in one of the gardens at Yallaroo. This plant has not done very well and probably needs some protection in a dense, native shrubbery.
Alyogyne huegelii is a colourful species that does very well in our garden.
All four Alyogyne species are natives of Western Australia .
Propagate from seed or cuttings.